Vadodara: This Sunday, Barodians will brave the morning chill and converge at the Navlakhi Ground for to run in the eighth edition of Vadodara International Marathon (VIM).
VIM management said that it has received 1,02,000 registrations already and the numbers may increase in the next couple of days.
VIM chairperson, Tejal Amin said that the marathon is growing with every passing year as the number of participants are increasing. “This year, we got a tremendous response from the runners. This race is close to the heart of every Barodian who turn up in large numbers for participating in every category. Chief minister Vijay Rupani will flag off the race on Sunday morning,” Amin said.
The marathon is divided into four categories including the 42 km, 21 km, 10 km and five km run. The other categories include Inox Divyang Paralympic Run, Linde Swachchta Run, KYB Conmat NGO Pledge Run and Rameshwar Transport Jawan Run. When asked what cause will VIM take up this year, Amin said, “Our commitment is to organ donation, plastic-free Vadodara, swachchta and women empowerment. More and more people are now aware of this causes and are working towards it.”
VIM officials said that this year, they have got 187 registrations in 42-kms run, 1,179 in 21 kms run and 4,175 in 10 kms run in the marathon approved by Association of International Marathons and Distant Races (AIMS). Over 60 international runs are expected to participate in the marathon that will pass through different areas of the city. The runners will be given all the facilities including water, sponging and medical treatment, if required.
Prices worth lakhs of rupees will be given to the winner in the timed race category. If any Indian runner breaks national record in full or half marathon in both male or female category, he or she will be awarded Rs one lakh. The race will start from Navlakhi and pass through different areas of the city.